Producer Paul’s Picks: Week 9

Producer Paul’s Picks: Week 9
November 2, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Picks in bold:

Panthers -7.5 vs. Falcons
Just because I took the sucker’s points with the Falcons in Arizona last week, and got what I deserved DOES NOT mean that the Cardinals are better than everyone thinks.  It just means that the Texans could go winless the rest of the season and the Falcons still would probably edge them out for biggest disappointment.

Cowboys -10 vs. Vikings
The Saints inability to close out the Patriots was bad. The Cowboys stealing a loss from the Lions was worse.

Ravens -3 at Browns
Judging by degrees of Rob Ryan, the Browns are losing in the final 90 seconds to the Ravens this week.

Saints – 6 at Jets
Cannot make this line high enough. Come to think of it, the Saints have to be KILLING Vegas this season.


And whattya know – 6-1 against the spread. One Kenbrell Thompkins catch away from being a perfect 7-0.

Titans -3 at Rams
Both these teams have more wins than the Texans. Really.

Bills +3 vs. Chiefs
And the undefeated Andy Reid era in Kansas City comes to an end in Buffalo. True story. Lock. It. Up.

Raiders –3 vs. Eagles.
The Philadelphia 76ers are 2-0! One Team, One City, One Dream.

Chargers –1 at Redskins
OK people can we please calm down with Philip Rivers ‘revival’ and ‘back among the elite in 2013.’ I want him to throw touchdowns to Keenan Allen as much as anyone, but let’s pump the brakes.

Seahawks -17 vs. Bucs
So, uh Greg, FAU is looking for a new head coach…but no, no you cannot bring your vials of MRSA to a college campus.

Patriots -7 vs. Steelers
That poor, poor tortured Boston fan base. How did they manage celebrating those last two World Series wins with the Red Sox clinching on the road.

Also – anyone know Tim McCarver’s last words on air were? (The way that farewell dragged on, I never thought McCarver and Joe Buck were ever going to sign off after that game): “Ditto.”

Texans - ????? vs. Colts
1-0 with the blind picks so far which I like. I’m assuming its around plus-6, and I’m gonna go ahead and say the Texans win just to keep things interesting for a little while.

First Case Keenum, now the roof may even be open, in another 10 weeks Gary Kubiak may be in full on ‘no rules’ mode. And ‘No Rules’ makes ‘Let’s get weird’ look tame.

(looks up spread)

Texans +1
Hmm. Guess the Texans are winning.

Packers -10.5 vs. Bears.
Remember that 10-game run I talked about the Packers going on? This is only the halfway point people.

Last Week: 6-6-0 Season: 58-52-2

Texans - Team News
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 8. Johnson practiced in full Friday after being limited early in the week. He'll continue to play through his ankle injury. Johnson is a mid-range WR2 for Sunday's game...
Oct 24 5:19PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) remained limited in Thursday's practice. Johnson doesn't need full practices at this stage of his career. He's a solid WR2 for Sunday's game against the Titans.
Oct 23 4:37PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) said he'd be surprised if he doesn't play in Sunday's game... Clowney hasn't played since tearing his meniscus in Week 1. He says he plans to "push through" the soreness that's still in his knee. If the training staff lets...
Oct 23 11:41AM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Ryan Fitzpatrick admitted he "didn't get it to Andre [Johnson] nearly enough early"... Johnson finished with 5-77-0 on nine targets, but had just one catch for four yards through the first three quarters. After the game, coach Bill O'Brien said that Johnson...
Oct 23 8:03AM Read More
Brian Cushing - LB
Texans ILB Brian Cushing will miss at least one week with a knee injury. It's a blow to an already vulnerable Houston run defense, and a nice upgrade to Bishop Sankey's Week 8 matchup. Justin Tuggle and Mike Mohamed figure to start at inside...
Oct 22 8:32PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. The Texans are limiting Johnson's reps coming off Monday night's loss. He'll remain a WR2 for Week 8 against the Titans.
Oct 22 5:22PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster was limited in Wednesday's practice. The Texans listed Foster as "not injury related," but he missed practice time last week with a groin issue. Foster has a matchup with the Titans' No. 22 ranked run...
Oct 22 5:15PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
According to, there's a "decent chance" Jadeveon Clowney (knee)... "He feels good," coach Bill O'Brien said Monday. "Well see how it goes this week in practice. We'll be able to make a determination pretty soon about whether...
Oct 21 3:58PM Read More
Garrett Graham - TE
Garrett Graham caught two passes for 24 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers. Graham was targeted three times, but dropped the other. It can be considered one of Graham's better statistical games of the season, which obviously means he's nowhere near...
Oct 20 11:31PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson caught five passes for 77 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins each saw a team-high nine targets. There was nothing special about Johnson's night. His biggest play was a 24-yard grab on a deep in route in...
Oct 20 11:25PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins caught six passes for 108 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Hopkins and Andre Johnson each saw a team-high nine targets. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw it to whichever receiver was working against embattled Steelers CB Cortez Allen. ...
Oct 20 11:16PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue rushed for 14 yards on five carries and caught an 11-yard touchdown in the Texans'... Blue was the vulture on the opening-drive 11-yard score after Arian Foster managed 59 rushing yards to get the Texans near the goal line. Foster is an every-down back,...
Oct 20 11:09PM Read More
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 21-of-32 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception... Fitzpatrick played well for much of the first half, leading the Texans on three consecutive scoring drives to open the game. It was a train wreck thereafter. One play...
Oct 20 10:56PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster rushed for 102 yards on 20 carries in the Texans' 30-23, Week 7 loss to the... Foster got off to a blazing start, rushing for 59 yards on the Texans' 94-yard opening touchdown drive, but was vultured by Alfred Blue for the 11-yard touchdown catch to...
Oct 20 10:47PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is inactive for Monday night's Week 7 game against the Steelers. Clowney's lateral agility wasn't where the Texans wanted it to be in pre-game warmups. He's been out since undergoing knee surgery after Week 1. Whitney Mercilus is...
Oct 20 6:09PM Read More

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